By Tricia Pursell
The Daily Item
PORT TREVORTON — The bridge may be out, but the parade will go on.
The third annual Port Trevorton Fireman’s Carnival will begin May 31, less than a month after an expected two-and-a-half-month bridge replacement project began on North Main Street, and a number of residents have expressed concerns the carnival’s parade would be canceled this year.
“We are in the final stages of planning,” assured Fire Chief Doug Lauver. “It is definitely going to happen.” The parade will be held June 2.
Vendors have been lined up for the carnival, rides and activities for kids are in place, entertainment has been scheduled and invitations have been sent to fire departments.
Determined to keep the carnival and parade an annual event — three years ago, there had been a span of 29 years with no carnival — Lauver and other fire company, auxiliary and community volunteers are not about to let a missing bridge keep them from celebrating.
“We knew the project was coming,” Lauver said. “We just didn’t have an exact date until two months ago.”
That’s when they scrambled to come up with a revised route for the parade.
In the past, the parade began at Silver Creek Supply and ran north to the other end of Port Trevorton. This year, the procession will begin at Keller Marine Service, which means the parade will be shortened by about 25 percent, Lauver said.
But organizers still expect the event to be a success, as it has been the last two years.
The carnival committee has been “pleasantly surprised” by the turnout and the fact that the fire company has been able to make money both years, despite it being a new event.
The carnival begins May 31 with entertainment provided by Full Moon sound system. The following days, entertainment will be provided by Covert Action on June 1, Rockville Revue on June 2, Johnny Jolin Band on June 3 and Lucky Afternoon on June 4.
The parade will begin at 7 p.m. June 2.
“Bring the family, enjoy yourself,” Lauver said. “There will be lots to see and do.” Information is available by visiting ptfc60.com.
The $243,451 state bridge replacement project began May 4 with a signed detour following Routes 11-15. Prime contractor Bi-State Construction Co. will replace the bridge with a concrete box culvert and then reconstruct the roadway approaches, improve drainage and install guiderail. The project is scheduled for a mid-July completion.
The state-owned bridge carries North Main Street over Herrold Run behind Hilsher’s General Store, about three-quarters of a mile north of the Chapman-Union township line.